MSc Finance and Investment
This programme is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in the theoretical and practical sides of finance. It contains compulsory elements in asset pricing, corporate finance, financial reporting and analysis, quantitative methods and empirical finance, and offers optional units in areas including derivatives, financial modelling, investment management, advanced corporate finance, banking, credit risk, and behavioural finance.
The programme is suitable for students with good undergraduate degrees in finance, economics or accounting, as well as those with more scientific backgrounds (for example an undergraduate education in mathematics, engineering or natural sciences).
This is a one-year programme. During the first term you will complete 4 compulsory units, while in the second term, there is the opportunity to shape the degree to suit your interests by choosing 3 from a range of optional units alongside one further compulsory unit. The final part of the MSc is a research-based dissertation. This involves identifying and analysing a research question in finance under the guidance of a member of staff. The dissertation gives you an opportunity to explore an original problem, source and process the relevant financial data, analyse that data and learn to draw appropriate conclusions. The results are presented in a final report of up to 15,000 words.
Previous dissertation topics have included: Momentum Investing Strategies and New Dimensions, Cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin and Current Issues in Shareholder Democracy.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the programme structure and unit content.
A strong upper second-class honours degree (65% or higher) or international equivalent in Finance, Economics, Mathematics, Engineering, Physics or Computing.
If your degree subject is not listed above, you must have evidence of an upper second class honours degree which includes three units of mathematics (see Maths qualification requirements) with 60% or above (or international equivalent) in each unit.
For applicants who are currently completing a degree, we understand that their final grade may be higher than the interim grades or module/unit grades they achieve during their studies.
We will consider applicants whose interim grades are currently slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements. We may make these applicants an aspirational offer. This offer would be at the standard level, so the applicant would need to achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of their degree. Specific module requirements may still apply.
We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements, if they have at least one of the following:
- evidence of significant (minimum of 2 years in a piad role) relevant work experience in sectors such as Finance, Accounting, Economics, Investment.
- a relevant postgraduate qualification.
If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae / résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant work experience and/or qualifications.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.Go to admissions statement
If your degree subject is not listed in the main entry requirements, you must have evidence of an upper second class honours degree which includes three units of mathematics with 60% or above (or international equivalent) in each unit. Examples of acceptable units include:
Advanced Maths (introductory maths does not count towards maths unit requirements)
- Financial Maths
- Pure Maths
- Business Mathematics
- Business Statistics
- Computer Science (including programming/algorithms)
- Data Mining/Data Science/ Data Analytics
- Financial Modelling
- Financial Statement Analysis
- Investment Analysis
- Quantitative Methods
- Quantitative Research Methods
- Statistics/Statistical Methods/Statistical Analysis
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £19,500 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £39,000 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
This programme provides excellent preparation for careers in investment management, financial research, trading, consulting and corporate finance, and for further academic study in finance.